United States complete back-to-back World Cup triumphs with victory over Netherlands
The current world champions USA successfully defended their title after going 2-0 up in the second half with goals
from Megan Rapinoe (penalty) and then eight minutes later a rocket from Rose Lavelle put the tie beyond the Dutch. At half-time it was goalless but the USA stepped up in the second period and never looked back.
Stefanie van der Gragt’s foot caught Alex Morgan’s upper arm after a high challenge in the box and the American fell to the ground. After initially awarding a corner, the French referee turned to the video review and then gave a penalty.
Rapinoe took the responsibility and coolly slotted the ball past the almost stationary Van Veenendaal to bring to life the large American contingent in the capacity crowd of 57,900.
Our favourite girl Alex Morgan didn’t get on the score-sheet today though, but she was graceful as always, a joy to watch!
Rapinoe won the Golden Boot. Her strike from the spot saw her goal tally hit six, putting her level with compatriot and co-captain Alex Morgan, and English striker Ellen White – but Rapinoe achieved the haul in fewer minutes than the others and took home the coveted award.
Watch the match highlights below..